10 Easy Steps on How to Repaint a Wall

10 Easy Steps on How to Repaint a Wall

No one wants their walls to be damp or covered with molds; more so, it also makes upsetting to see the old paint peeling off. The only and the sure-shot way to fix such walls are by repainting it. Repainting is comparatively simple; moreover, it makes your wall look new and fresh. Wear the gloves, keep the drop clothes ready- because we are going to share with you the ultimate tips of ‘how to repaint a wall’ by following the 10 easy steps.

Identify the colour and type of paint used on the wall:

Step 1-  Compare the paint colour of your previous wall and the existing one:

If the existing colour is close to the previous one, then you usually don’t need to apply primer on the existing one. Only cleaning the wall will do the work.

Step 2- Identify the type of paint you had on your wall earlier:

Identify if the paint was latex or oil-based. Now, the question is how to identify it? Well, the process is pretty simple- dab a fresh cotton ball into the acetone, rub the cotton against the wall for 10-12 seconds and see if any paint sticks to the cotton.

If the paint is removed, then your wall has latex paint used on it; if not, then it is an oil-based paint.

The Preparation:

Step 3- Fix it:

Wash the walls, and fix the holes & cracks with the filler. You can sand the entire area and use a primer to avoid the patchy look.

Step 4- Don’t let the paint spill everywhere:

Imagine how it will look if you have a nice, radiating wall and furniture that is daubed with paint. Cover all the furniture with sheets or drag them out of your home or to any other room. Also, make sure to cover the floors, as you might not want your tile and marble flooring to be smeared with uneven coats of colourful paints!

Step 5- Check for the essentials:

To paint a wall is seemingly an onerous job. And not having the essentials will make the task more tedious than ever. Here’s what you should check for-

  1. Paint
  2. Paintbrushes and roller
  3. Drop cloths
  4. Masking tape
  5. Paint tray

Step 6- Check for other essential tools:

Now that your essentials are sorted, it’s time to look for the equipment that is equally important and unskippable.

  1. Scraper
  2. Fine or medium grit sandpaper
  3. Step ladder
  4. Brush cleaner
  5. Basic tools for measurement

Tip– To free yourself from the hassle of carrying too many things, you can buy an all-in-one tool like Paint Pot Pro. The product ticks off the features mentioned in both essential and other essential categories.

How to Paint:

Step 7- How to paint over latex paint:

Latex paint is flexible in nature therefore, an oil-based paint won’t stick to it, if applied directly. If your wall is painted with latex, and now you wish to repaint it with oil-based paint, then here’s how to repaint a wall with oil-based paint-

  1. Use sandpaper to clean the wall.
  2. Sand the wall again; use 150-grit sandpaper.
  3. Use a water-based or acrylic primer.

Step 8-  How to paint over an oil-based paint:

Irrespective of the matching colour, if your wall was previously painted using an oil-based paint, then applying premier is a must. A primer will help the top layer stick to the glossy, oil-based paint.

Step 9- How to paint with the brush:

First, transfer the paint into a comfortable & easy to hold the bucket. Dip the brush up to 1/3 of the length of the bristles. Hold the brush the right way- pinch the metal of the brush with the thumb and index finger. Brushes will help you a lot with edging and cutting.

Step 10- How to paint with a roller:

Dip the roller into the paint, draw ‘W’ on the wall and fill up the spaces between the ‘W’. This is the sure-shot method to ensure a great-finished wall.

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